Tusk Conservation Awards winners and finalists were honoured at a reception held at the residence of British High Commissioner Dr Christian Turner in Muthaiga, Nairobi, on Tuesday night.
Richard Bonham was honoured for receiving The Prince William Award for Conservation in Africa in 2014 for his lifetime contribution to wildlife and the Maasai community in Kenya. Tom Lalampa, who was handed the Tusk Award Conservation in Africa by Prince William at the Royal Society in 2013, was celebrated for his outstanding work of brokering peace through conservation amongst feuding tribal groups in Northern Kenya. Also recognised were Edwin Kinyanjui of Mount Kenya Trust for his role in wildlife conservation and David Kuria for his work on community development and reforestation activities.
The Tusk Wildlife Ranger Award, introduced this year, recognises dedication and bravery of rangers working to protect increasingly endangered wildlife. The award went to the head of the Anti-poaching Unit for the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy Edward Nderitu.
In attendance were envoys Koleka Anita Mqulwana (South Africa), Robert Godec (USA) and David Angell (Canada). Also present were Kiambu deputy governor Gerald Githinji, KWS Western Conservancy Area director Julius Cheptei and Friends of Nairobi National Park's chairperson Aliya Habib.